Master Birder Program


This week’s photo, taken March 7, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features last week’s species, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, this time viewed right side up.

Since last September, I’ve been one of two-dozen people participating in Seattle Audubon’s 2014 – 2015 Master Birder Program, a comprehensive study of the birds of Washington state. Twice a week, we attend evening lectures, and we also frequently travel to various areas of the state to see in person some of the fabulous birds that we discuss in class. It’s an education-for-service program, so each participant is expected to volunteer their time to any of the numerous environmental projects offered by Seattle Audubon.

To learn more about Seattle’s Master Birder Program, go to:

I think it would be great if such a program were offered in every state (or in whatever region of the world you live). Please let me know if such a program already exists where you reside.

Joe’s note cards and prints:


About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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4 Responses to Master Birder Program

  1. Judy Zeckhauser says:

    Thx for sending. I could not make out the pigeon AT ALL last time. I really tried too. Judy

  2. Brenda Peterson says:

    Congratulations, Joe!

    So cute it does not look real!


  3. Chris says:

    Thanks for the reminder we need to get over to Montana de Oro to get that tick for 2015. Lovely little guy and it is fun to point them out to people strolling the clifftop trail who are not birders.
    Re the Master Birder program, it would need to be on the county level here in CA. But I will mention it to our local hotshoes. Is there a website I could refer them to, and do you know if the program is in existence in other places besides Seattle?

  4. susan hunter says:

    Good for you, Joe! I am sure it wont be long before you are teaching the “Master Birder Course”. Wish we had something like that here in NH. Best, Susan Hunter >

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